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Walking is probably the safest and most effective weight loss exercise. There are many reasons you should consider a walking program. Walking is convenient and can be done just about anywhere. You can walk around a local track, in your neighborhood, at the mall, and you can even walk with your pet. Walking is fun, especially outdoors where you get to enjoy the scenery and listen to your iPod or MP3 player.
Use walking as a social event by inviting friends to come along. Once you're out there you will be glad you did it. Walking is relatively inexpensive; all you need is a good pair of walking shoes and the proper clothes for your weather conditions. Walking is done at any pace, so pick one that is comfortable for you and stick with it. Don't get intimidated by runners who come streaking by you as you walk. Remember, that you will be burning approximately the same number of calories whether you walk or run the same distance, its just that walking will take you longer to get in the same distance.
Finally, don't over do it on your first few workouts, start slowly and build up to where you can walk comfortably for an hour at a moderate pace. If you do this consistently you will be on your way to weight loss success before you know it.